The ancient 'greasy' lettuce of Constantinople. Ancient variety that has been grown by urban farmers near modern day Istanbul, Turkey, for the past 1,500 years. This variety has been cultivated for centuries in Istanbul’s famous urban gardens, called Bostanlar. These ancient gardens are now threatened by urban sprawl, thankfully there has be a resurgence of attention from local seed savers to keep this variety from going extinct. This variety has been recognized by the Ark of Taste as a beloved culinary symbol of these historic gardens. A romaine type with long leaves, a crisp center and white seeds. Locals report that the incredible flavor and tender leaves are so juicy and high in natural oils that there is no need for dressing. We are delighted to offer this culturally important and highly gourmet variety.